milker


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milk

 (mĭlk)
n.
1. A whitish liquid containing proteins, fats, lactose, and various vitamins and minerals that is produced by the mammary glands of all mature female mammals after they have given birth and serves as nourishment for their young.
2. The milk of cows, goats, or other animals, used as food by humans.
3. Any of various potable liquids resembling milk, such as coconut milk or soymilk.
4. A liquid resembling milk in consistency, such as milkweed sap or milk of magnesia.
v. milked, milk·ing, milks
v.tr.
1.
a. To draw milk from the teat or udder of (a female mammal).
b. To draw or extract a liquid from: milked the stem for its last drops of sap.
2. To press out, drain off, or remove (a liquid): milk venom from a snake.
3. Informal
a. To draw out or extract something from: milked the witness for information.
b. To obtain money or benefits from, in order to achieve personal gain; exploit: "The dictator and his cronies had milked their country of somewhere between $5 billion and $10 billion" (Russell Watson).
c. To obtain the greatest possible advantage from (a situation).
d. To get the greatest effect from (a line or scene in a play, for example).
v.intr.
1. To yield or supply milk.
2. To draw milk from a female mammal.
Idiom:
milk it
To take advantage of the help or kindness of others, as when one acts as if one still needs help after recovering from an illness.

[Middle English, from Old English milc; see melg- in Indo-European roots.]

milk′er n.

milker

(ˈmɪlkə)
n
1. (Agriculture) a cow, goat, etc, that yields milk, esp of a specified quality or amount: a poor milker.
2. (Agriculture) a person who milks
3. (Agriculture) another name for milking machine
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.milker - cattle that are reared for their milkmilker - cattle that are reared for their milk
Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age; "so many head of cattle"; "wait till the cows come home"; "seven thin and ill-favored kine"- Bible; "a team of oxen"
Ayrshire - hardy breed of dairy cattle from Ayr, Scotland
Brown Swiss - large hardy brown breed of dairy cattle from Switzerland
Jersey - a breed of diary cattle developed on the island of Jersey
milking shorthorn - breed evolved from shorthorn beef cattle
Friesian, Holstein, Holstein-Friesian - a breed of dairy cattle from northern Holland
Guernsey - breed of dairy cattle from the island of Guernsey
References in classic literature ?
Hardly ever did he pass through his barn without paying homage to his own progressiveness and oozing approval of the mechanical milker, driven by his own electrical dynamo, the James Way stanchions with electric lights above, the individual drinking fountains at the head of each cow, the cork-brick floors, the scrupulously white-washed walls, and the absence of odor, with the one exception of sweet, fermented silage.
One of these was a sturdy middle-aged man--whose long white "pinner" was somewhat finer and cleaner than the wraps of the others, and whose jacket underneath had a presentable marketing aspect--the master-dairyman, of whom she was in quest, his double character as a working milker and butter maker here during six days, and on the seventh as a man in shining broad-cloth in his family pew at church, being so marked as to have inspired a rhyme-
came as it were out of the belly of a dun cow in the stalls; it had been spoken by a milker behind the animal, whom she had not hitherto perceived.
She saw nothing at supper-time of the superior milker who had commented on the story, and asked no questions about him, the remainder of the evening being occupied in arranging her place in the bed-chamber.
The male milkers, with hat-brims turned down, resting flat on their foreheads and gazing on the ground, did not observe her.
The milkers formed quite a little battalion of men and maids, the men operating on the hard-teated animals, the maids on the kindlier natures.
Songs were often resorted to in dairies hereabout as an enticement to the cows when they showed signs of withholding their usual yield; and the band of milkers at this request burst into melody--in purely business-like tones, it is true, and with no great spontaneity; the result, according to their own belief, being a decided improvement during the song's continuance.
Those two beautiful sonnets that you transmuted into the cow that was accounted the worst milker in the township.
I have here a nice beautiful new cow, the best milker in California.
The restaurant bakers and the bakery wagon drivers struck, followed by the milkers, milk drivers, and chicken pickers.
They were shown over the cattery, the piggery, the milkers, and the kennelry, as Mrs.
Add up the expenses to raise this little gal and you may decide that $150 to $200 for a good milker is not a bad idea after all.